David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews here. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David is also the author of seven instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Guitar Theory.

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  1. Rodney
    June 29th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Great Article. I have held myself back so much with being too worried with playing what the tabs or chord strum pattern says. Once I learned to just “let it happen”, i found myself learning more songs and enjoying guitar more.

    • David Hodge
      June 30th, 2012 @ 11:26 am

      Hi Rodney and thanks for writing.

      I agree with you – getting past the idea that there has to be a specific strumming pattern usually frees up a guitarist to enjoy music a lot more. It also helps them to sound more, well, musical! Playing the same pattern throughout an entire song sounds very robotic and unnatural. Just “letting it happen,” as you say, gives one’s music an organic feel.

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  2. Robert Scarborough
    February 28th, 2016 @ 10:10 am

    Thanks for sharing the that but I still can’t read notes off a sheet.I see chords on a music sheet but I just can’t put them together. I can play all different chords now but putting them to a song doesn’t work for me .And I can’t afford music lessons yet I am 67 and love the thought of playing guitar I bought a Fender acoustic guitar thanks for responding.